Before the Superbowl there was the NFL championship games. While functionally the same, it was a whole new level when it became the Superbowl. That is what the UN did with WDSD. So, to me, that was WDSD I, with many more Roman numerals to come.
It was an amazing day. My Facebook stream was full of activity that spilled over into postings today (like a boxing day present, for my friends in the UK). My Google alert was full of UN and self-advocate mentions. So, it was a very exciting day.
But when the evening got late and the kiddos went to bed, it was also a sad day. The sadness was a natural part of the happiness. They were bound in their creation. The happiness came from the hope for the change in the future. The sadness was looking at the 2012 at the end of the date. We live in 2012 and we must ask humans to let our children into mainstream classes and jobs and college and all that people with my last name have enjoyed for perhaps 100 years. The sadness of realizing we have to still ask for the equality and dignity that should be a natural part of the American promise. And then the circle turns again, and that sadness creates the excitement that we have the opportunity to make a real change in humanity and we have the power to do something that not every generation is so lucky to undertake.
It is an amazing spectrum of feelings mixed in this petri dish. From despair from to bliss. From hope to pain to hope again. But each day we are marching forward. Progress looks like huge leaps on the day a new law is passed or a big event occurs, but those events are the result of all the tiny steps between. Congrats to all of you, to all of us, making all of those tiny invisible steps that enable the next big leaps! Here is to a greater humanity tomorrow! Onwards towards WDSD II and beyond!